When it comes to eggs, most people will crack them open and cook the yolk and egg whites. As for the eggshells, they will get discarded. What if you want to eat the eggshells too, can you?
Can You Eat Eggshells?
Yes! Eggshells are actually edible and full of nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and iron. Plus, they make a great addition to many dishes including soups, stews, and salads. Just make sure that it’s broken into small pieces first before eating or using them in a recipe.
Are There Any Risks To Eating Eggshells?
The biggest risk in eating eggshells is that they may contain salmonella, which can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Cooking or processing the eggshells before eating them will kill any bacteria present, so this is not a concern if you’re going to cook your eggs and eat them straight away.
What Do Eggshells Taste Like?
Anyone who has ever eaten eggshells knows that it doesn’t have much taste. However, it does have a texture and consistency similar to that of chewing on sandpaper. It’s also gritty and chalky, as well as more likely to stick in your teeth than a smooth-shelled egg would be. Finally, while not salty by any means (and in fact lacking flavor entirely), they do have a very acidic tinge.
The point is: don’t expect these seemingly edible shells to taste like much of anything! The flavor might come out more when you’re eating them with other foods or making recipes from them. If eating eggshells alone, expect blandness at best.
How To Clean Eggshells
If you’re baking something that requires eggs, chances are you’ll end up with a bunch of eggshells. Eggshells are not only edible, they are actually good for you. They contain calcium and other nutrients that our bodies need.
However, they can get a little bit messy if you don’t know how to clean them properly. So here’s how to clean eggshells for eating or using them in your favorite recipe:
Step 1: Clean out the inside of the eggshell with a butter knife or spoon. This will get rid of any dirty or sticky spots on the inside of the shell that can ruin your dish when cooking.
Step 2: Rinse the eggshells in cold water and then place them in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes. This will kill any bacteria that may be present on the outside of the shells and help prevent food poisoning (eggs sometimes carry salmonella).
Carefully remove each shell from the boiling water with tongs or a slotted spoon and place onto a plate covered with paper towels so they can dry off completely before using them in cooking or baking recipes!
What Can You Do With Eggshells
Egg shells have a lot of uses in the kitchen. They can be used as a fertilizer for plants, to clean your teeth, and even to make your own soap. The most common use, however, is in cooking.
Here are some ideas on how you can use eggshells:
1. Make An Omelet with Eggshells
Have you ever wondered what to do with all those eggshells? If you are like me, you have a hard time throwing them away.
Well here is a great way to use them. Make an omelet! Yes, really! It is easy and tastes great.
First of all, you need some eggs. You can use any size or color of egg that you want. I would suggest using brown eggs if possible because they are higher in nutrition than white eggs.
Next, get some butter or oil ready because we need to cook the eggs in it before we add our other ingredients.
Now crack open your eggs and separate out the yolks from the whites (you can save the yolks for another use). Put one whole egg in a bowl and mix up all of the other ingredients into it:
- 2 tablespoons of butter or oil (if using butter, melt it first)
- 1/4 cup diced tomato or bell pepper (or both)
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes (or fresh parsley)
Mix well until everything is incorporated into the egg mixture.
Now add this mixture back into your egg whites including the eggshells and fold them over gently until everything is mixed together well.
2. Add Eggshells To Smoothies and Shakes
You can add eggs shells to smoothies and shakes for protein.
They dissolve quickly, so you won’t even notice them. The shells also give a nice crunch to your drink.
Crush up the shells, add them to coffee grounds, and use them as fertilizer in your garden or on potted plants.
You can also crush up eggshells and use them as an exfoliant on your skin. Just rub the powder onto dry skin, then rinse off with warm water.
You can also use eggshells in place of salt in recipes that call for it, such as pickling brine or bread dough. The calcium will help keep the vegetable firm during fermentation processes and doesn’t affect the taste of the finished product!
3. Add Eggshells To Bread Dough
Eggshells are an excellent source of calcium, so it makes sense that you would want to add them to your bread dough. You can use crushed eggshells, ground them into a powder, or whole eggshells.
If you are using whole eggs, be sure to clean them thoroughly before adding them to the dough. You can also use cracked eggs, but they may not provide as much benefit as whole eggs.
The best time to add the eggshells is when you are mixing your ingredients together before baking. This ensures that all the nutrients are fully incorporated into the dough.
What Other Uses For Eggshells Besides Food?
Eggshells can be used in a number of ways besides foods. They can be used to make compost, as an ingredient in fertilizers, or as a natural dye for cloth and yarn.
Composting Egg Shells
Composting eggshells is one of the best ways to use them. Composting is the process of decomposing organic matter into humus, which can then be added back into the soil as fertilizer.
Egg shells are good for composting because they are full of calcium carbonate, which helps plants absorb nutrients from the soil. The shells also contain small amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus, which help plants grow healthy roots and leaves.
Adding Egg Shells to Soil
Adding egg shells directly to the soil is another way to use them up. The calcium carbonate present in egg shells bonds with other minerals in the soil, making it easier for plants to absorb nutrients from their surroundings.
This makes egg shells an excellent addition to any garden bed that contains plants that need lots of nutrients such as tomatoes or peppers.
If you’re considering eating eggshells, you should know that it is safe to eat them and that it’s quite nutritous as well. Just be sure the eggshells are cleaned thoroughly first to avoid bacteria contamination. You can eat the eggshells raw or use them in recipes.
Kate has been in the food business for over 20 years. Worked as a cook at several buffets which include Old Country Buffet, Five Star Buffet, and Ichiban Buffet. Now, I’m mostly at home cooking for my family, caring for chickens and ducks, and tending the garden.